Prima Materia

The snake when it sheds its skin surely must pause,
writhe at the discomfort of leaving part of itself behind,
wonder at the scars and marks of time,
consider for a moment its perverted trail,
the bending, winding path of ending
the bending, winding path of becoming

Am I the ouroboros?

The alpha and omega?

Or am I nothing at all?
Soon to be your ashes,
the dust and duff of the forest,
the peat of your mythology
and the lies you tell yourself.

Photo & poetry ©2016, Jen Payne

Am I good for you?

I had a chance to watch Jack Goes Boating this week – a fascinating portrayal of how people respond, react, and transform within relationships. The movie follows two couples. Clyde and Lucy are a seasoned, unhappily married couple whose relationship spirals downward in the course of the film. They have affairs, talk disrespectfully to each […]

Friday Gratitude

Today I am grateful for the refresher course in Don Miguel Ruiz’s The Four Agreements. These simple statements create a ripple effect of understanding, compassion and grace, both internally and externally, as we lead by example. Be Impeccable with your Word: Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the Word to speak […]

Mea Culpa

I’m sorry. I should know better than to meddle, to question, to interrupt your flow. Who am I to second-guess your intentions? Every time I do — every time — I end up in tangles, somewhere I’m not supposed to be, like stepping in chewing gum. All I can do now is let go of […]